Amid Venezuela protests, social media serves as imperfect source for journalists Mar13

Amid Venezuela protests, social media serves as im...

The tone was fearful, and the story was dramatic. “There’s a military tank outside my streets. I’ve heard gunshots for over two hours,” said a Venezuelan enduring another night of unrest in the country’s weeks-long protests against President Nicholas Maduro. “I’m sitting on my home’s door with a knife next to me, afraid of dying tonight.” It’s the kind of scene often presented in TV or newspaper coverage of such events. But in Venezuela this year, on-the-scene accounts are far more likely to be found on Twitter – like the one about the gunshots, which appeared under the hashtag #Chacao, named for a municipality of...

Iran’s Twitter Politics

On February 5th, a live interview with President Hassan Rouhani was delayed for over an hour on Iranian state TV after an apparent dispute between the official state broadcaster and the president’s office over who would interview him. As Iran’s Channel One filled airtime with songs from the 1979 revolution, a news ticker announced technical difficulties. The broadcast then shifted to an Iranian TV series, leaving audiences to speculate about what had become of the president. The information void was broken when President Rouhani’s Twitter account blasted its 181,000 followers, calling out state TV head and hardliner, Ezatollah...

Global Fatigue Keeps...

The ongoing revolution in Syria erupted just over a year ago in March 2011.  Thousands of Syrians hit the streets to demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down, starting a bloody battle between the security forces and protesters. Violence escalated as the military bombarded rebel towns...

Hamas-Fatah divide i...

The political fracturing in Gaza and the West Bank, with Hamas and Fatah competing for power, has spread to other institutions – including journalism. This divide has made it extremely difficult for local journalists to report local news and Palestinians are now increasingly looking for...